Dog bites can be serious, disfiguring, and even deadly. Though dogs certainly can be our best friends, they are animals — and animals are unpredictable by nature. Over 4.5 million people experience dog bites each year in the United States, resulting in at least 800,000 hospital visits. In 2018, 49 people died from dog bite injuries. Data reveals that 69% of the attacks resulting in deaths were from pit bulls, despite the breed making up only 8% of the dog population. Sadly, small children and the elderly are most commonly the victims of serious dog bite injuries. In one Texas study spanning 8 years of data, the state had the highest instances of dog-bite fatalities at 34 deaths over the 8-year period.
Besides the physical pain and emotional trauma of a dog attack, dog bites cause real economic hardships such as mounting medical expenses and missed time from work. That’s why a dog-bite victim in McKinney, Texas, or the surrounding area needs dedicated compassionate attorneys who understand how devastating dog bites can be on an individual, their family, and their finances. Carew Garcia Bohuslav Law, PLLC, is a team of experienced lawyers who are passionate about defending victims of brutal dog attacks and bite injuries. Contact a McKinney dog bite lawyer today to discuss your case.
When a dog owner’s irresponsibility or negligent behavior results in a frightening dog attack and significant injuries, the victim and their family deserve full compensation for their economic and noneconomic damages. A McKinney dog bite lawyer at Carew Garcia Bohuslav, PLLC, understands that dog owners have the responsibility to protect others from their dogs. Texas has laws in place for just this reason. Some examples include:
When dog owners ignore these laws either out of negligence, careless disregard, or because they didn’t believe their pet could ever hurt anyone, they become responsible for the medical bills, pain, and suffering that results from an attack when they didn’t take the necessary precautions to prevent the incident from occurring.
Texas has a “one free bite” rule that protects dog owners from liability the first time their dog bites, attacks, or displays aggression. This rule is meant to protect unsuspecting dog owners in the event that a dog they thought was trustworthy acts in a way they couldn’t have anticipated. However, a single instance of aggression also serves as a warning to take extra precautions with their pet as a duty of care owed to others to keep them safe. Going forward, if the “dangerous dog” causes a further injury, the owners are liable and the victim deserves the maximum compensation for the damages related to their injury.
Even a single dog bite can have serious consequences, and many dog attacks result in multiple bites. Dog bites are painful, prone to infection, and sometimes disfiguring. Many bites in a serious attack can be fatal, especially on vulnerable children and elderly victims. If you or a family member were injured by a dog, you deserve compensation for the losses you’ve incurred, both physical and financial.
A successful dog bite claim in Texas can gain injury victims the following compensation:
An attorney with years of experience in dog bite injuries knows how to gather and present the evidence you need to prove liability and gain the financial compensation you deserve either through a settlement or by arguing your case in courtroom.
Our McKinney dog bite lawyers believe passionately in every victim’s right to compensation for their injuries. Dog attacks are traumatizing and the effects can be life-altering. Our free consultations are confidential and informative so you understand just what to expect from the Texas legal process for dog bite victims. Our diligent and compassionate attorneys will work tirelessly to see that you get the most out of your claim, keeping you informed every step of the way. Contact our McKinney team today so we can evaluate your case with a free consultation and begin working on an effective strategy on your behalf.